If you’re yet to read the latest fashion magazine, then you may not have heard that one of the biggest trends for footwear this season is the birkenstock!! Yes I know, the birkenstock has been around for years and many of you will have either a hate or love relationship to the new ‘fashion trend’.. personally I have never purchased them before, but I’m interested in trying them on and seeing how I fee. I know many that have already made their new Spring/Summer 14 purchase!! Who loves them and who already has a pair in their wardrobe?
I have had the pleasure of working with many corporate companies, with delivering a ‘Guideline’ to How men should present themselves on a Corporate Level. So I wanted to share a little insight to what I think are some key points to work with.
When choosing a suit, look for fabric, fit, and comfort first, then look for style second.
Your fabric should never shine or change colours in different lighting. Fabrics that are appropriate include wool, cotton, linen and various microfibers. Wool is the most versatile of the three, coming in both summer or tropic weight and in a variety of fabric styles.
A suit in shades of black, grey or dark blue, in either a solid colour or with pinstripes is acceptable for formal business-wear. Generally we lean towards a navy blue suit, because it’s going to go with a lot in your wardrobe and a lot of different shirts and solid black can be quite harsh on certain skin tone and colouring. eg someone with fair hair and blue eyes would be more suited to a navy or charcoal suit and black would look too harsh.
Ties should be made of silk or a similar material and can include a colour and print which provide an attractive contrast when viewed against the shirt and blazer. Stay away from loud patterns, cartoon characters and novelty prints.
Choose socks to match the colour of the pants or shoes. They should reach around the height of the calf. Socks made from natural materials will aid in wicking away excess moisture.
Shoes should be somewhat formal and always cleaned with a good shoe polish. When unsure, choose black leather shoes with laces since they can easily go with most styles.
The style of the belt should compliment the material and style of the shoes.
When it comes to shirts, please try and mix it up a little — go bold. Stop going for the safe, white button-down shirt with the standard striped navy blue and red tie.
The sleeves of the shirt and blazer should reach the wrist. Do not roll up shirtsleeves as it can be viewed as informal.
Be a little creative with your wardrobe! Choose different patterns, whether you’re choosing coloured shirts, patterned ties or even better — going pattern with pattern.
But here’s the key: Keep it to two patterns per outfit so neither of the two are distracting or clashing with each other. And keep the patterns more subdued. eg You can have a pinstripe suit, patterned tie and shirt. I have provided some key rules in the handout.
4 Rules For Mixing Shirt & Tie Patterns
You might be a pro at matching your solid-coloured ties with your solid-coloured shirts, but with trends in recent years emphasizing a mix-and-match approach to fashion, how well do you fare at mixing stripes and patterns? And let’s not even get started on dealing with textures.
Fortunately, learning to combine interesting shirts and ties is not as taxing as it sounds. Just stick to a few simple rules and you’ll find that mixing it up has never been easier.
1- Repeat colours in each pattern
In this case, choose your shirt first, carefully noting the dominant colours. When you are ready to pick your tie, choose one with accents that use the same dominant colours from your shirt. This combination of a brown dress shirt and pink silk tie is a perfect example of how to implement this rule. The shirt is dark brown with lighter, more subtle, nutmeg-coloured stripes and, although the background of the tie is pink, the small, brown, paisley art-nouveau print echoes the colour of the shirt.
2- Graduate checks outward
Skilfully combining a checked shirt with a differently checked tie is a quick way to get a quirky look. The rule to follow in this case is to always wear smaller checked prints on your body and larger checks around your neck. Again, make sure you pay attention to colour and choose a shirt and tie in a similar colour palette. Take, for example, this hip combination of a pumpkin-plaid, shirt with a navy-striped silk tie .The shirt has smaller, thinner checks, while the tie has a larger and brighter pattern. As the checks become larger from the shirt to the tie, this is very effective. Just remember to keep your trousers in the same overall colour scheme.
3- Vary weights between patterns
Choosing two patterns of the same size will just look too busy and confusing, so for a cleaner look that’s easier on the eyes, make sure one piece has a chunkier pattern than the other. This classic shirt has thin grey and white stripes, while the silk tie is set on a grey background with slim white stripes, as well as much larger, notice-me blue stripes. The combination works by giving a subdued dress shirt just the right boost with a brighter, bolder striped tie, thereby breaking up the monotony of the shirt.
4- Match smaller patterns with larger ones
You’ll be surprised at the fantastic and elegant combinations you can come up with, even when the tie and shirt have completely different patterns. simply by following this rule. If your shirt has a small pattern, you’ll need to wear a tie with a larger one and vice versa. You don’t even have to worry much about keeping to the same colour family if the shirt is in a neutral colour like black, grey or white, although matching these pieces when the shirt is coloured does make it easier to get it right if you don’t have a particular eye for colour. This lilac dress shirt has very slim, barely noticeable white stripes, meaning that the tie with alternating stripes and multicolour floral embroidery complements rather than overwhelms the delicate pattern of the shirt.
Today I want to introduce the men to a great label ZANEROBE…just in case you haven’t heard of them!!
ZANEROBE IS A MEN’S ONLY FASHION BRAND WITH A LARGE PROPORTION OF ITS FASHION-SAVVY LOYAL CREW BASED IN AUSTRALIA AND NORTH AMERICA. THEIR AESTHETIC IS A MIX OF FASHION AND CORE ESSENTIALS SO YOU’LL FIND THEM IN THE MORE ENTERPRISING DEPARTMENT STORES AS WELL AS TIER-ONE BOUTIQUE STORES GLOBALLY.
As much as I love dressing women and myself, I personally enjoy taking men shopping as well. Men are definitely starting to realise that presentation and hygiene is a must!!
ZANEROBE is a label that has been a ‘go to’, for many of my younger male clients. It’s a relaxed casual look, with a point of difference!
Here are some great looks and pieces from their range.
Putting emphasis on discriminating quality, wearability and style, the Zanerobe crew is all about redefining the classic denim jeans into an updated version.
I love that ZANEROBE are not scared to use print or colour!! Sureshot pant in copper camo and the original sureshots in Burgundy
LOVE LOVE LOVE the new 8 foot shirt in white. Team it back with a signature black sureshot pant and a leather shoe for a smarter look!
Team back the Salty Blue Jogger with a pop of colour!! Love this shot!
And of course last but not least… MEN PLEASE GO AND SEE A HAIRDRESSER!! I know so many men that either have their wives cut their hair or they cut it themselves!!
If you want to be taken seriously and especially in the corporate industry, then you need to have your haircut probably.
Go to a barber or hairdresser that you feel comfortable with and discuss style options, to suit your sense of style, lifestyle and the shape of your head. A good hairdresser will take all of those elements into consideration, before cutting your hair.
There is no use updating your wardrobe and you still have the same haircut that you had in the 80’s & 90’s…
Accessories for men, don’t seem to flow from their mouths as easy as it does for women. I think men are concerned about what accessories mean when it comes to their sense of style and wardrobe. However on the flip side, I love it when men ask me about accessories when we’re shopping.
Attention Men: Accessories can range from hats & beanies to woolen and delicate scarves, belts, gloves and yes a man bag! Don’t be afraid to incorporate some accessories into your wardrobe, men have been wearing them for years.
David Beckham is pictured here, wearing a delicate scarf wrapped around his neck. This also can be done with a woolen scarf and can be worn many various ways. Scarves also allow you to play with colour and print on a classic outfit. I personally prefer to wear classic pieces and incorporate fashion trend colours and prints in my accessories, especially scarves!
David Beckham wearing Rick Owens Leather Jacket, Dior Homme jeans and Lanvin Sac Weekend Bag
YES I KNOW!! We are discussing the ongoing trend of denim on denim… Yes I do think it can be done, but I also have my OWN rules on how to wear it!
I personally love blue denim with black denim, especially with black on the bottom. I like the impact that it has and I find it’s not so harsh to have a lighter shade closer to the face.
I also like double denim, but I prefer to see two different shades of denim. For example; a little shade of denim shirt, vest, jacket on top and a darker jean on the bottom. Play around with the options and have fun with it! x
I have so many clients that struggle with the ‘Smart Casual’ element of their wardrobe and style… this includes Men and Women!!
So I want to share some simple tips on how to change a simple Casual outfit to a Smart Casual outfit…
David Beckham is a fantastic style icon for men, I love his sense of Style. It’s easy, effortless, well put together with a maximum impact!!
Take this style for instance.. Simple White tee + Denim Jeans + Navy Blazer + White Casual shoes.. this look is perfect!! but lets take this concept and make it a little more conservative!
Take your casual printed tee and jeans and change it to a basic colour tee, with no print. This on it’s own will make a causal outfit, look a little smarter! Take a pair of distressed denim jeans and opt for a classic pair of blue denim, no ribs or fading.. one solid colour. This now steps up your look, from funky casual to a little more conservative. Take your casual white shoe and team your outfit with a leather shoe…. now add your blazer and you have a classic ‘Smart Casual’ look!!! Now you can play with different colour tee’s, shoes and blazer… make it your own! This look will never fail x
I know men find it a little difficult when putting outfits together and especially the ‘layered look’. But when it comes to Autumn/Winter, it makes such a difference to getting this look right! Be inspired by this look, break it down and make it your own and remember it doesn’t have to be this colour combination, use this as a guide! Shirt + Tie + Knit + Classic Jean…
It’s Monday which only means one thing….all things style inspirational for men!! enjoy x
I know the days are gone of having to have suspenders to hold up your pants, but I do like them as an added accessory!! Love these leather suspenders, especially for Winter.